International Water Management Institute

Securing Asia's water future: the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016

Tuesday 30 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH 202
Securing Asia's Water Future (ADB Photo Library)

Competing demands for finite water resources in Asia are compounded by climate change. These increasing challenges threaten the livelihoods of billions of people – especially the urban population.

Estimates for Asia predict an increase of 65% in industrial water use, 30% in domestic use, and 5% in agriculture use by 2030. This illustrates the growing and acute competition among the principal water consumers. The 2030 Water Resources Group has estimated the gap between demand and supply will be 40% by 2030.

The Eye on Asia Day will present efforts to quantify the links between water for cities, energy and agriculture and implement suitable innovative technologies and approaches for improved water and energy productivity.

This event will present an overview of the water security status of the Asia Pacific Region based on the outcomes of the study on Water Futures and Solutions by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. ADB will also launch, present the findings and deliver policy recommendations of the 2016 Asian Water Development Outlook, which provides a comprehensive quantitative view of water security in the countries of Asia and the Pacific.


Stockholm International Water Week Programme for Eye on Asia Day - Innovating for a Water Secure Asia 30-31 August 2016

Session 1: EYE ON ASIA: Securing Asia's Water Future

09:00  Introduction of Session 

Ms. Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist, Sector Advisory Services Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

09:05  Launching of AWDO 2016 

Vice President Bambang Susanto, Vice President (Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development), ADB

09:15  Water Babble – A Discussion on Managing Water Security in a Changing Asia

Lead: Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chair Asia Pacific Water Forum


  • Mark Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer, International Water Center;
  • Representative from International Water Management Institute;
  • Dr. Fu Sun, Asia Pacific Center for Water Security, Tshinghua University;
  • Eelco van Beek, Global Water Partnership Technical Advisor

09:30  Introduction of Alternative Approaches to Assess Water Security

Ms. Yasmin Siddiqi

Alternative Approaches to Water Security Assessment

09:35  REACH 

Dr. Katrina Charles, University of Oxford (tbc)

09:42  WWF

Mr. Stuart Orr, WWF International (tbc)

09:49  OECD

Ms. Aziza Akhmouch, Water Governance Program, OECD (tbc)

09:56  IIASA

Mr. Simon Langan, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

10:03  Government of People’s Republic of China

10:10  Panel Discussion

Moderated by Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chairman, APWF Governing Council.


  • WWF
  • OECD

10:25  Summary & Wrap-up

Mr. Ravi Narayanan, Chairman, APWF Governing Council